It seems like a lifetime ago that Vivienne was with us, fighting tough as nails style through chemo, transfusions and everything else. Not every family has to face that kind of challenge, but there are so many simple needs as well.
Here at home, our Bucks County Housing Group organization's Community Food Pantries expects requests for Thanksgiving food assistance that significantly exceed the donations and supplies available for the families' needs. Families are already being turned away based on volunteers' estimation that all requests cannot be fulfilled. The economy is challenging every family in unique and troubling ways this year, however those whose basic nutrition needs aren't being met, or who have to choose between heat or gas and food, are specifically vulnerable.
Personally, I reached out to a good friend who I know to be a decade-or-more volunteer with the organization in order to ask her thoughts on whether I could donate a couple or turkeys or other supplies for Thanksgiving needs. When she conveyed the increase in demand this year, and explained that families were already being warned that all needs may not be fulfilled, I felt strongly that more needed to be done.
I realize not everyone can give right now, but to those who can I would sincerely request that you consider a donation to assist these families, or families in your own town. Here are some ways to help:
1. Here in Bucks County, BCHG says Giant or Acme gift cards in various denominations are most helpful. I would love to hear from folks who are willing to drop off a $25 grocery gift card. I will truly honor my daughter, my love for her, and the thanks I shared during her time with me , if I could inspire assistance.
2. Of course, any food donations may be made directly as well. The BCHG website shares a list of food, household and cleaning items most needed, here .
3. Yet another option (see how convenient and simple it would be to help?), is to make a direct donation of funds in any amount directly to BCHG. Instructions as to how to do so, online or by mail, are here .
4. If you'd like to consider how you can help families in your own town, Feeding America and other charities can assist you in connecting to a local organization. And if you would like help finding the right group, let me know and I will help!
My goal is to convince 10 people (myself included!) to donate $25 in cash or Giant or Acme gift cards to the Community Food Pantries, to help families in need this Christmas. I won't nag, or pester, or guilt trip anyone, but I will implore you to consider helping. On a light note, I will promise that your turkey will taste twice as good if you provided one for a family in need, too.